Rangers Shootout leads to 5-4 Victory over Senators
New York, NY - For those who wondered if signing Marc Staal to a long term contract was a good deal for the New York Rangers, hopefully their question was answered. As Staal scored with 3:59 remaining in the third period, which eventually led to a Erik Christensen delivering a goal in the shootout frame to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
The Sentators got late third period lead until the Blueshirts roared to a comeback victory. The crucial goal for Staal, which tied the game at 4-4 as the defensemen took a pass from just inside the Ottawa blue line and barged his way into the low slot, it was there that he proceeded to lift the puck to the top left corner for his first preseason goal.
Also contributing to the Rangers offense was Brian Boyle, Derek Stephan and Derek Boggard. Boggard who is not known for scoring tied the game with his first preseason goal at 6:31 of the third period. Playing well in net for the Blueshirts was Henrik Lundqvist who recorded 28 saves. In the second period the keeper was stellar in making 16 of 17 shots.
Leading the way offensively for Ottawa was Jason Spezza who had two goals and a assist in 21:12 total minutes o ice. The center was strong as always for the Senators. Also playing well was left-winger Milan Michalek who had two assists. Chris Campoli also contributed with a power play goal at the 11:44 mark of the third period, which set the stage for the Staal heroics and the eventual shootout victory.
The Rangers will head to Ottawa to finish out their final preseason game before opening up their the regular season schedule on October 9th at 7:00 p.m. as they face=off against the Buffalo Sabres.